Laura’s soon-to-be ex-husband stood over their own bodies for nearly half an hour before dialing 911.
The husband, a former Marine and police officer, had burnt a shotgun into Laura’s stomach from point-blank scope. On the soil and beginning to bled out, Laura implored him to call for help. When it finally went, she was given a 1% opportunity of survival. Luckily, she pulled through.
Her story, and the stories of 100 other people across the U.S ., are featured in a new book chronicling survivors of artillery violence.
The book, appropriately named “SHOT: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America, ” is the work of New York-based photographer Kathy Shorr, who was inspired by her own brush with artillery violence. Years ago, Shorr was at home when two armed mortals violated in to rob her, maintaining her and her daughter at gunpoint. It’s an experience that, understandably, protruded with her.
“It’s very hard to describe[ how it experiences] when someone has your life in their hands and you’re not sure what they’re gonna do, ” she says.
The U.S. got a problem with gun violence that is something that is sure. Answers, on the other hand, are a far more complicated issue.
Shorr reckons there are few people more qualified to speak up on the issue of artillery violence than those we so often forget: the survivors.
“We don’t really hear about them. The people that are in tragedies, they kind of “re going to have to” just go on with “peoples lives”, and they don’t really get too much attention or tendernes from people, ” she says, adding that survivors are expected to feel lucky and the lasting effects are overlooked.
Gun violence and domestic violence are inextricably linked, and many of the person or persons Shorr photographed for her book are proof of that.
While her project features survivors of gun violence from a broad range of backgrounds in a wide range of circumstances, there’s one area where representation is especially realized: cases involving domestic violence cases. It’s tragic just how routine so many of the situations can be, and how Shorr expertly captures the current situation of this aftermath.
Janine, a corrections officer in New York, had told her husband, a captain with the Corrections Department, that she craved a divorce. In reaction, he hit her.
It’s a fact that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves, and it is one of the main reasons people urging women in abusive relations to “just leave” may not fully understand the dangers that come with it.
On April 10, 2017, Karen Smith was assassinated by her husband in San Bernardino, California. Her fatality grab the attention of national media for a number of reasons: It happened at local schools, there were other victims, and San Bernardino has become synonymous with the 2015 terrorist attack. But sadly, there are hundreds more equally heartbreaking stories just like Smith’s that we don’t hear about.
According to an Associated Press analysis, an average of 760 Americans are hit and killed by current or former partners each year.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, feels paces need to be taken to prevent domestic abusers from securing guns.
She’s part of a developing move of volunteers made up of moms, artillery owneds, and, yes, survivors of artillery violence who are pushing for sensible artillery safety measures.
“When it comes to gun violence against women, the United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world, ” says Watts. “In fact, the presence of a gun in a domestic violence cases situation attains it five times more likely that the status of women will be killed and most mass shootings in the U.S. are related to domestic or family violence.”
As for Shorr, she hopes that everyone, regardless of age, race, background, or spot, can relate to her work in one way or another. After that, it’s time to take action.
“A lot of people are shot in their home or their car the gym, religion, shopping centers, movie theatre, ” she says. “I imagined if I photographed people where they were shot, that if there was a person looking at the project and couldn’t identify with any of the 101 survivors, that perhaps they’d be able to to identify with[ a spot ]. “
Hopefully, her job will invigorate people to better understand gun violence( and its connection to domestic violence cases) and take action on bringing it to an intention. A good place to start is by checking out Shorr’s book( published by powerHouse and available on Amazon) or by looking at the resources put out by organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
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